Archive for June, 2007

Family Life and Family History in China

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

An interview with Meng, Yuemin, Beijing, China

Shown above: Meng Yuemin and Brooke Wright (translator)

We are here in China and have been in Beijing for the past few days. As we were driving to the Great Wall of China this morning, we asked our taxi driver, Meng Yuemin to describe family life in China. Meng is happily married and has a daughter who is sixteen years old. She will be attending a university in Canada after she graduates.

Importance of family history

According to Meng, the Chinese people believe that it is important for them to know about their ancestors, however, it is more important to have a record of the last and middle names of the family members. Meng mentioned that his last name – Meng – is a respected name. He said that because of his last name, people are really polite to him.

Recording of genealogies and family histories

In ancient times in China, the genealogies were recorded on wood. Today, the genealogies are recorded on paper. Meng also said the tradition in China is to record every family name in the book. However, Meng said that he felt that his generation has not been careful in keeping the names, and usually just the name of the oldest son is now recorded.

It is very rare for a Chinese person to record the history of another person, however, Meng said that many people keep a record of their personal histories and they are usually very private an personal. He said that some people write a great deal about their personal life. However, most of the Chinese people write very infrequently in their journals. None of the personal histories or diaries can be read until after the individual who has written the history or diary has passed away.

Meng said that he does keep a journal, however, he only writes in it sporadically. He also said that his daughter does not keep a journal at all. Meng mentioned that he felt that the younger generation is rather interested in themselves, and their own lives, rather than the lives of someone else. Meng has had several discussions with his daughter about their family history.

Interest in family history and in the digitization of records in China

Meng said that usually the people in China who are the poorest care the most about their family history. They think a great deal about the past and wonder why their lives are the way they are. The upper class in China are generally focused on the future, rather than focusing on the past.

He also said that he would be really interested if he could see the history of all of the families with his last name. Right now he doesn’t have much time, but he would love to when he retires.

Names in China

In China, the name of the female is usually not preserved when she is married. However, Meng mentioned that recently that when a couple marries, the couple can decide whose name to preserve. If the man agrees, the last name of the female can be used instead of the male. In China it is important to have a successor to the family link. Couples who live in the city and have a daughter as their first child are allowed to have another child. Couples who live in the country are allowed to have two children. If they have more than that, they must pay extensive fees.

How important is the family in China?

According to Meng, the family is of average importance in the lives of the Chinese people. Oftentimes up to three generations live together. Usually the grandparents take care of the children while the parents work.

100 Database Launch!!!

Monday, June 18th, 2007

From Friday, June 15 through Monday June 18, more than 100 databases from the Quintin Publications Collection were posted online.

This collection contains registers, visitations, family histories, pedigress, obituaries, grants and notices.Here is the list of the content that was launched.

Click on the links below to access the databases.

Search Allegations for marriage licenses issued from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury at London, 1543 – 1869
Search The Visitation of Shropshire, 1623, Volume 1.
Search The Visitation of Shropshire, 1623, Volume 2.
Search Allegations for marriage licenses issued by the vicar-general of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Volume 1.
Search Allegations for marriage licenses issued by the vicar-general of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Volume 2.
Search Allegations for marriage licenses issued by the vicar-general of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Volume 3.
Search Allegations for marriage licenses issued by the vicar-general of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Volume 4.
Search The Visitation of Norfolk.
Search Hampshire allegations for marriage licenses granted by the Bishop of Winchester, 1689 – 1837, Volume 1.

Search Familiae minorum gentium, Diligentia Josephi Hunter, Volume 1.
Search Familiae minorum gentium, Diligentia Josephi Hunter, Volume 2.
Search Familiae minorum gentium, Diligentia Josephi Hunter, Volume 3.
Search Familiae minorum gentium, Diligentia Josephi Hunter, Volume 4.
Search The Visitation of Cambridge.
Search Obituary prior to 1800, Volume 1.
Search Obituary prior to 1800, Volume 2.
Search Obituary prior to 1800, Volume 3.
Search Obituary prior to 1800, Volume 4.
Search Obituary prior to 1800, Volume 5.
Search Obituary prior 1800, Volume 6.
Search Lincolnshire Pedigrees, Volume 1.
Search Visitation of the county of Buckingham made in 1634 by John Philipot.
Search A visitation of the county of Surrey, 1662 – 1668.
Search A Visitation of the county of Suffolk, 1664 – 1668.
Search The Visitation of the county of Warwick, 1682 – 1683.
Search Pedigrees from the visitation of Hampshire made by Thomas Benolt, 1530.
Search Middlesex Pedigrees, as collected by Richard Mundy.
Search Grantees of Arms Named in Docquets and Patents to the end of the Seventeenth Century.
Search Allegations for marriage Licenses in the archdeaconry of Sudbury, in the county of Suffolk, Volume 1.
Search Allegations for Marriage Licenses in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, in the county of Suffolk, Volume 2.
Search Allegations for Marriage Licenses in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, in the county of Suffolk, Volume 4.
Search A collection of miscellaneous grants, crests, confirmations, augmentations and exemplifications of arms in the mss. preserved in the British museum, Ashmolean library, Queen’s college, Oxford, and elsewhere, Volume 1.
Search The History of Concord : from its first grant in 1725, to the organization of the city government in 1853.
Search The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, Volume 1.
Search The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, Volume 2.
Search The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, Volume 3.
Search The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, Volume 4.
Search The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, Volume 5.
Search The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, Volume 6.
Search The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, Volume 7.
Search The Visitation of Sussex, 1662.
Search The Visitation of Worcestershire, 1634.
Search East Anglian Pedigrees. A.
Search The Visitation of London in the year 1568.
Search The Registers of Sherburn Hospital.
Search Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers.
Search The Registers of Chatton, 1712 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Battlefield, 1665 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Long Houghton.
Search The Registers of Lydlinch, Dorset, 1559 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Coleby, 1561 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Alhnam.
Search The Registers of Kent, 1559 – 1812.
Search The Visitation of the County of Leicester in the Year 1619.
Search The Visitation of the county of Rutland in the year 1618 – 1619.
Search The Visitation of the County of Cumberland in the year 1615.
Search Le Neve’s pedigrees of the knights made by King Charles II., King James II., King William III. and Queen Mary, King William alone, and Queen Anne.
Search The marriage, baptismal, and burial registers of the collegiate church or abbey of St. Peter, Westminster.
Search The Visitation of the County of Somerset in the year 1623.
Search The Visitation of the County of Warwick in the year 1619.
Search Visitation of London, Volume 1.
Search The Visitation of London, Volume 2.
Search The Visitation of the County of Dorset, 1623.
Search The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623.
Search The Visitation of Hertfordshire, 1569.
Search Allegations for marriage licenses issued from the dean and chapter of Westminster, 1558 – 1699.
Search The Visitation of the County of Worcester made in the year 1569.
Search The Registers of Doddington-Pigot, 1562 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Clunbury, 1574 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Walesby.
Search The Registers of Haydor, 1559 – 1649.
Search The Registers of Canon Frome, 1680 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Hanham and Oldland, 1584 – 1681.
Search The Registers of Tarrant Hinton, Dorset 1545 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Chester Cathedral.
Search The Registers of Almer, 1538 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Hopton Castle, 1538 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Bruera Church, Parish of St. Oswald, 1662 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Hughley, 1576 – 1812.
Search The Registers of Bitton.
Search The Registers of Upton in Overchurch, 1600 – 1812.
Search The Visitations of the county of Nottingham in the years 1569 and 1614.
Search The visitations of the County of Oxford, 1566 – 1634.
Search The visitations of Essex, Volume 1.
Search The visitations of Essex, Volume 2.
Search The Visitation of Yorkshire in the years 1563 and 1564.
Search The Visitations of Bedfordshire.
Search The Visitations of the County of Surrey.
Search The Visitations of the county of Sussex, 1530, 1633-1634.
Search Pedigrees made at the visitation of Cheshire, 1613: taken by Richard St.-George esq.
Search The Visitations of Kent, Volume 1.
Search The Visitations of Kent, Volume 2.
Search Le Guide Francais de la Nouvelle – Angleterre et de L’etat de New-York.
Search A Gazetteer of the state of Massachusetts.
Search A Gazetteer of Maryland.
Search A Gazetteer of the State of Maine with Numerous Illustrations.
Search The Boyd Family.
Search Allegations for marriage licenses issued from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury at London, 1543 – 1869.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Partners with FamilyLink.com

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Partners with FamilyLink.com

Volunteers from Around the World to Benefit from New Social Networking Site

Provo, UT, June 14, 2007 — Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), a global volunteer organization in which volunteers perform various genealogy-related tasks for researchers who live far away, has recently partnered with FamilyLink.com.

“We are excited about this opportunity to join forces with FamilyLink.com as we continue to expand our resources in support of genealogists and their research,” said Bridgett Schneider, Program Administrator, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.

As part of the partnership, RAOGK will introduce more than 4,000 of its volunteers to FamilyLink.com, a new free, social genealogy network that is operated by WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is an incredible organization in which its members provide free services to genealogists, such as looking up a record from a courthouse or taking a picture of a tombstone. We are so excited to work with this group of volunteers and hope to expand their network, as well as their resources by introducing them to FamilyLink.com,” said Paul Allen, CEO.

FamilyLink.com launched its beta site in April 2007 with the goal of helping other genealogists connect with one another throughout the world. Currently FamilyLink.com has nearly 5,000 members and is growing by nearly a thousand members each week.

As part of the FamilyLink.com service, individuals who sign up can indicate on their personal profile page if they are willing to do local or Internet record lookups. RAOGK will also have an area on the site where their members can communicate with each other, post announcements, invite others to join the organization, view photos, and more.

RAOGK volunteers who sign up to FamilyLink.com will also be able to place a graphic on their personal profile page that will allow others to see that they are volunteers. RAOGK hopes to recruit additional volunteers and also help current FamilyLink.com members to connect with RAOGK members.

“RAOGK members are a perfect fit for FamilyLink, they are willing to do so much just for a ‘thank you.’ They will be a great benefit to our members,” said Jason McGowan, Product Manager, FamilyLink.com.

About Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK)

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) was established in 1999 as a resource for networking among researchers. RAOGK links researchers who need documents from a distant location with others able to obtain them. RAOGK is a global volunteer organization. With volunteers in every U.S. state and many International locations, we have helped thousands of researchers. Our volunteers take time to do everything from looking up courthouse records to taking pictures of tombstones. All they ask in return is reimbursement for their expenses (never their time) and a THANK YOU. This Lincoln, Nebraska, based organization is administered by Bridgett and Dale Schneider. Both are former employees of RootsWeb.com and MyFamily.com. The site is solely funded by contributions from appreciative users and sales from its two online stores: RAOGK Logo Gear and Genealogy For You.

About FamilyLink.com

FamilyLink.com is a social networking site that provides an innovative platform for individuals to connect, research family history, and preserve memories. FamilyLink.com has been created in a response to help genealogists from all over the world gather the information they need in a vibrantly efficient, fun, and easy way. Founded by Paul Allen in 2007, FamilyLink.com is a worldwide effort to help individuals collaborate on a global scale.

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World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

Translate The Names of Your Ancestors

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

This blog was written by Amanda Forson, WorldVitalRecords.com

A subscriber asked us about family members living in another country that came to the United States who were born around the 1880’s. Instantly the new EllisIsland.org Immigration listings on our Web site came to mind. However, the names of the user’s relatives were all American.

Before individuals came to America, their names were not usually Anglicized unless they came from the U.K. or other English-speaking countries. When coming over to the U.S., many new arrivals used their first country’s name on the passenger manifests. Suddenly it occurred to me that there must be an online translator for names in English to go backwards to the old country.

Voila! A fun site for translating names of Ancestors or even co-workers and living family members is Behind the Name, located at http://www.behindthename.com/translate.php When trying to find out the Czech translation of Edward, the results were Edvard and Eduard. Perhaps seemingly elementary, this handy tool provides a great service to those looking for translations in the following languages:

Albanian, Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman, Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cornish, Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English (Modern), Esperanto, Estonian, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indian, Iranian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Manx, Maori, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Provencal, Romanian, Russian, Scottish, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Welsh, Yiddish, for a total of fifty-five different languages.

From all those different languages, they are also broken down by short, variant, pet, Anglicized, Latinized, Medieval, feminine, masculine, elaborated, combination, original, modern, and cognate name type with either masculine, feminine, or neutral genders.

Something fun for kids:

Take the child’s name and have them translate it into all the different languages and see how it is the same and different in other languages. Similarities are sweet, but differences give a spice to life!

Example:

Amanda
Translates into English: Mandi, Mandy, and French: Amandine

St. Cuthbert BSA 1826-1875 Databases, Volumes 1-4, Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com recently released the following databases, containing nearly 35,000 records. The databases are in French.

St. Cuthbert BSA 1826-1875 Volume 4 (Free until June 21, 2007)
St. Cuthbert BSA 1826-1875 Volume 3 (Free until June 20, 2007)
St. Cuthbert BSA 1826-1875 Volume 2 (Free until June 20, 2007)
St. Cuthbert BSA 1826-1875 Volume 1 (Free until June 20, 2007)

Volumes 1-3 of the St. Cuthbert BSA (baptemes, sepultures, annotations de St. Cuthbert) databases will be available free to access until June 20. Volume 4 will be available until June 21. These databases are from Quintin Publications Collection.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Partners With FamilyLink.com

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Volunteers from around the world to benefit from new social networking site

Provo, UT, June 12, 2007 — Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), a global volunteer organization in which volunteers perform various genealogy-related tasks for researchers who live far away, has recently partnered with FamilyLink.com.

“We are excited about this opportunity to join forces with FamilyLink.com as we continue to expand our resources in support of genealogists and their research,” said Bridgett Schneider, Program Administrator, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.

As part of the partnership, RAOGK will introduce more than 4,000 of its volunteers to FamilyLink.com, a new free, social genealogy network that is operated by WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is an incredible organization in which its members provide free services to genealogists, such as looking up a record from a courthouse or taking a picture of a tombstone. We are so excited to work with this group of volunteers and hope to expand their network, as well as their resources by introducing them to FamilyLink.com,” said Paul Allen, CEO.

FamilyLink.com launched its beta site in April 2007 with the goal of helping other genealogists connect with one another throughout the world. Currently FamilyLink.com has nearly 5,000 members and is growing by nearly a thousand members each week.

As part of the FamilyLink.com service, individuals who sign up can indicate on their personal profile page if they are willing to do local or Internet record lookups. RAOGK will also have an area on the site where their members can communicate with each other, post announcements, invite others to join the organization, view photos, and more.

RAOGK volunteers who sign up to FamilyLink.com will also be able to place a graphic on their personal profile page that will allow others to see that they are volunteers. RAOGK hopes to recruit additional volunteers and also help current FamilyLink.com members to connect with RAOGK members.

“RAOGK members are a perfect fit for FamilyLink, they are willing to do so much just for a “thank you”. They will be a great benefit to our members,” said Jason McGowan, Product Manager, FamilyLink.com.

WorldVitalRecords.com Attends Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Conference

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Culture of China

Shown above: David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com with wife, Mary Lifferth

This past weekend (June 8-10), WorldVitalRecords.com participated in the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com, and his wife Mary hosted nearly 1,000 jamboree conference attendees at the WorldVitalRecords.com booth.

“In addition to meeting some great folks who love genealogy, I also learned some important tips on doing my own family history,” said Mary Lifferth, WorldVitalRecords.com.

About the Conference:
The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Resource Expo is a three-day gathering of genealogists, family historians, experts, novices, exhibitors, vendors, genealogical society leaders, speakers and others who are interested in tracing their roots. In its 38th year, the Genealogy Jamboree, produced each year by the Southern California Genealogical Society, is one of the longest-running genealogical conferences on the West Coast.”

The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree has a strong history, and it is a great venue for people who love doing genealogy research,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Hansford County Reporter-Statesman (Spearman, Texas) Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

For all of you who have a little Texas pride, or some Texas ancestors, this database is for you!

Hansford County Reporter-Statesman (Spearman, Texas) is WorldVitalRecords.com’s database of the day. Although this database is relatively small, it contains approximately 750 names and will increase as new editions are added. The database is free to access.

WorldVitalRecords.com currently has 28 databases with records for Texas, including more than 20 Texan newspapers.

Here are a few quick facts about Spearman, Texas:

  • Spearman was named after railroad vice president, Thomas E. Spearman.
  • In 1934, Colonel Charles Lindbergh (famous aviator) and his wife Ann Morrow stopped outside of Spearman to get some fuel for a trip. Ten years earlier, Lindbergh had crashed a plane into a hardware store near Camp, Wood Texas. The event received a historical marker that is located at .4 miles south of 13th Ave. and SH 207.
  • Spearman has approximately 3,000 citizens.
  • Visitors often check out the site of the Battle of Adobe Walls, the Rolling Plains Mule Train Association, and the Stationmaster’s House Museum that are located in Spearman.


WorldVitalRecords.com Reaches 100,000 Daily Page View Milestone!!!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Yesterday (June 5, 2007) was a big day for WorldVitalRecords.com. Last night, WorldVitalRecords.com reached past the 100,000 page view mark for a total of 101,627 page views. WorldvitalRecords also had 10,487 unique visitors yesterday to its site.

David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com was so excited about this milestone. He said, “Now that we have surpassed this important milestones, let’s hope to quickly put these numbers in the rear view mirrors and climb to even greater heights.”

And that is exactly what we plan to do! If you visited WorldVitalRecords.com for the first time yesterday, “WELCOME!” If you contributed to the 101,627 page views, “THANK YOU. We hope those pages contained the information you needed.”

Oh, and FamilyLink.com has also surpassed the 5,000 member mark after its beta launch a little over a month ago. If you haven’t enrolled in this new free social, genealogy network, sign up at http://www.familylink.com. Connect with other genealogists from around the world today!

Ermatinger’s York Factory Express Journal Database Free To Access Until June 14, 2007

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
Shown above: Edward Ermatinger

Ermatinger’s York Factory Express Journal is WorldVitalRecords.com’s newest database. The database will be free to access until June 14, 2007.

The database contains records of journeys made between Fort Vancouver and Hudson Bay in the Years 1827-1828.

Ermatinger’s York Factory Express Journal is part of Quintin Publications’ collection, as is available at WorldVitalRecords.com through its recent partnership. Click here to read the press release about the partnership between Quintin Publications and WorldVitalRecords.com.